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Start: 12:00 pm

Phil Cousineau and tea expert James Norwood Pratt discuss and sign copies of The Meaning of Tea: A Tea Inspired Journey ($24.95). The book explores the nature of tea through the words of growers, tasters, and experts.

This event is part of the S.F. Interntional Tea Festival at the Ferry Building.

 

Start: 1:00 pm
End: 3:00 pm

Ignite Your Writing With Details & Fire!
Sun., Mar. 10 • 1:00-3:00 pm • $45 per person


Bring in a small object that has personal meaning. Bring your appetite for snacks beginning with the letter “J.” Bring the dreaming-doodling part of your brain. Bring your curiosity to find out something about yourself that you once knew but somehow forgot...and find out what happens next.
  
Start: 4:00 pm
Featuring photographer David Johnson!
 
David Johnson, a native of Jacksonville, Florida was the first African American student of Ansel Adams. In his 1946 classes at the California School of Fine Art, (now the San Francisco Art Institute), Johnson was advised to photograph his own neighborhood and document the faces and places with which he was most familiar. He subsequently became an important chronicler of black life in San Francisco in the middle part of the 20th century. A Dream Begun So Long Ago ($65.00) is the story of how one of the most significant cultural photographers came into the apex of his career. Johnson’s black and white photographs are now considered fine art. Now in his late 80’s Johnson is considered a pioneer as a photographer in the San Francisco Fillmore community. His name is etched in concrete at the Fillmore Plaza.

Author Jacqueline Annette Sue has a masters degree from San Fracisco Theological Seminary and formerly served as a California Postmaster. She was honored by the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library as their 2010 Literary Laureate.

11
Start: 6:00 pm

Left Coast Writers Event!
Set prior to Hurricane Katrina, Bayou Nights ($14.99) features Claire Rivet, a Baton Rouge Assistant D.A. attempting to connect the rape and murder of a young woman to a similar attack she suffered when she was ten. Nicola Trwst’s previous book was The Belvedere Club.

 

Start: 7:00 pm
California Book Launch!
Reception with wine to proceed reading 
 
In Murder Below Montparnasse ($25.95), a long-lost Modigliani portrait, a grieving brother’s blood vendetta and a Soviet secret that’s been buried for 80 years are all involved in Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc’s current case. In this latest in the celebrated series of Aimée Leduc mysteries, Cara Black pits her detective against an art heist, an absent partner and a gruesome murder as she tries to solve her most exciting case yet.

Cara Black is the author of thirteen books in the bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.


12
Start: 7:00 pm

At seventeen, Mary Johnson experienced her calling when she saw a photo of Mother Teresa on the cover of Time magazine; eighteen months later she began her training as a Missionary of Charity, a nun in Mother Teresa’s order. Not without difficulty, this boisterous, independent-minded teenager eventually adapted to the sisters’ austere life of poverty and devotion, but beneath the white-and-blue sari beat the heart of an ordinary young woman who faced daily the simple and profound struggles we all share, the same desires for love and connection. Eventually, after twenty years of service, Johnson left the church to find her own path. In An Unquenchable Thirst: A Memoir ($16.00), her magnificently told story holds universal truths about the mysteries of faith and how a woman discovers herself.

For twenty years, as Sister Donata, Mary Johnson was a Missionary of Charity, a nun in Mother Teresa’s order, until she left in 1997. A respected teacher and public speaker, she has been named a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony and is on the board of A Room of Her Own Foundation. She lives in New Hampshire.
  

13
Start: 6:00 pm

Dina Hampton captures the revolutionary fervor of the ‘60s in Little Red: Three Passionate Lives Through the Sixties and Beyond ($25.99). She tells the parallel biographies of Angela Davis, Tom Hurwitz, and Elliot Abrams—three graduates of the Greenwich Village “Little Red School House” who went in radically different directions.

 

Start: 7:00 pm
Co-Sponsored by Ross School
 
What are the differences between a winning and losing performance? In Top Dog ($26.99), Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman use cutting-edge science to tease out the hidden factors at the core of every great triumph and every tragic failure. Bronson and Merryman are the authors of the N.Y. Times bestseller NurtureShock.

14
Start: 7:00 pm
In her first novel since The God of War, critically acclaimed author Marisa Silver takes Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” photograph as inspiration for a breathtaking reinvention—a story of two women, one famous and one forgotten, and of the remarkable legacy of their singular encounter. Mary Coin ($25.95) expands upon the moment when, in 1936, a young mother resting by the side of a road in Central California is spontaneously photographed by a woman documenting the migrant laborers who have taken to America’s farms in search of work—little personal information is exchanged and neither has any way of knowing that their chance encounter has produced the most iconic image of the Great Depression.

Marisa Silver is the author of the novels The God of War (a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist) and No Direction Home; and two story collections, Alone With You and Babe in Paradise (a New York Times Notable Book and Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year). She lives in Los Angeles.

15
Start: 6:00 pm

 


3 Minute Reads
from San Francisco Grotto Writers
50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each! 
 

Joins us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On this Friday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.

 

Start: 7:00 pm
Co-Sponsored by Hospice of Marin 
 
Decisions made in the chaotic 30 days after a loved one dies can have a profound and lasting consequence, but navigating financial bureaucracy in a state of grief can feel impossible. Out of his own agonizing experience, Scott Smith was inspired to create When Someone Dies: The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death ($16.00), the first complete and essential resource for dealing with the concrete details that surround the death of a loved one. This remarkably comprehensive and informative guide that educates readers quickly and compassionately, allowing them to spend more time on healing and less on navigating logistics. 

Scott Smith is a partner in Viant Capital, a San Francisco-based boutique investment bank and tech business incubator committed to providing emerging growth and small to mid-market companies with high quality strategic advisory and capital-raising services. When Someone Dies is his first book.
 
16
Start: 11:00 am
Rebecah Freeling is a master storyteller, experienced early childhood educator, and parent coach.  New to California, she recently joined the faculty of Marin Mountain School Early Childhood Center in Corte Madera. For thirteen years she was owner, Director and Lead Teacher of Briar Rose Children's Center in her home state of Ohio. Her magical stories, both original and drawn from the folk and fairy tale traditions, are enhanced by handmade table puppets and simple marionettes.  One often observes the children hearing her stories to be sitting on the edge of their seats, eyes wide and mouths open in anticipation!
 
Start: 1:00 pm

Meet and Greet!
In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys ($30.00) serves up more than 100 savory seafood recipes that answer the most popular question the Fish Guys get: “How do you cook that?” Anders Miller features the inspiring words from the fishmongers who made Pike Place Fish entirely sustainable in 2011.

 

Start: 1:00 pm
Pamela Olson's Fast Times in Palestine: A Love Affair with a Homeless Homeland ($16.00) is the powerful, deeply moving account of her life in the midst of Palestine—encompassing not only the political tension that disrupts the region, but its historical richness, culture and the day-to-day existence of its civilians. From indecisive college graduate to international journalist, Olson also traces the personal transformation she endured over the two-year span she spent in Occupied Territory. From idyllic olive groves to Palestinian beer gardens, from Passover in Tel Aviv to Ramadan in a Hamas village, readers will find Olson’s narrative both suspenseful and discerning. 
 
Pamela Olson lived in Ramallah for two years, during which she served as head writer and editor for the Palestine Monitor and foreign press coordinator for Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi’s 2005 presidential campaign. She’s published stories and articles in CounterPunch, Electronic Intifada, Mondoweiss, Israel’s Occupation Magazine, and The Stanford Magazine, and she also wrote an essay about disputed holy sites for the Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Start: 7:00 pm
Uncivil Liberties was penned by six members of Praxis Peace Institute's book club (Sonoma) who decided to challenge and deconstruct libertarian and right wing ideologies. Taking on the tenets of libertarian thought, they challenge the American myths that promote a "me first" agenda, rugged individualism, and the lone hero. They explore the role that ideologies play in helping us make sense of the world and revisit the American experiment -- still unproved -- of American democracy. Citing successful alternatives to laissez-faire and corporate capitalism, the authors promote existing models that celebrate the dignity of humankind by promoting empathy, cooperation, and respect. 

The authors are Ben Boyce (community activist), Benjamin Colby, PhD (anthropology), Gus diZerega, PhD (political science), Julianne Maurseth, PhD (organizational psychology), Barry Spector (author of Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence), and editor/author Georgia Kelly, Director of Praxis Peace Institute.



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